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Published On: Tue, Jan 6th, 2015

February polls: We will ensure that people’s vote counts – Jonathan assures

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By Lawrence Olaoye

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday reiterated that the federal government commitment to free and fair elections is unshaken, even as he promised that his administration will ensure that the people’s vote counts and that their will prevails, as it should, in every true democracy.

The President stated this in his remarks at the inauguration of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign organization in Abuja.

His words, “Our commitment to free, fair, credible, and violence-free elections remains unshaken. That should also be your own commitment as we go to the field to seek the people’s mandate once again.

 In the coming campaigns and elections, we must see to it that Nigeria triumphs and that democracy wins. No other cause can be greater than the Nigerian cause. Without Nigeria, there will be no President.”

President Jonathan called on all party members to stand as one in the face of the assignment ahead adding that losing a party primary should not result in a loss of faith in the party.

“No election should be a do or die contest.  Whatever grievances we have can be resolved within the family and will be resolved. There is a job to be done, and all loyal members of our great party must play their expected roles.” He charged.

 “I have repeatedly promised Nigerians and the international community that as much as it lies within our powers, the coming general elections will be free, fair, credible and violence-free. I made that pledge with all seriousness and I fully intend to fulfill it.” Jonathan added

 He noted that some other politicians and campaigners are threatening fire and brimstone. “Do not join them. Some other parties are pulling down other people’s posters. That is primitive. Please, do not join them.  Every Nigerian must be free to campaign anywhere.”

 The President promised that thugs, violence and malpractice or rigging must have no place in the nation’s campaign and electoral activities.

 “Do not join those who threaten to start fires and turn them into infernos in our country.”

He assured all Nigerians that whoever foments trouble before, during and after the elections will be promptly and decisively dealt with according to the law.

He urged members of the Presidential Campaign Organization to go round the country, propagating the message of transformation and continuity.

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